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Victor

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  • The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gail Tsukiyama
    • Narrated By Stephen Park
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows unusual skill at sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of creating hard-carved masks for actors in the Noh theater. In an exquisitely moving story that spans almost 30 years, Gail Tsukiyama draws us irresistibly into the world of the brothers and the women who love them.

    L. Walker says: "Another great story from Ms. Tsukyama"
    "Great Audio Book"
    Overall

    This is a new author to me, so I was a bit hesitant at first. I'm glad I decided to listen, as it was very enjoyable.

    Also, I noticed quite a few similarities between this audio book, and the movie "Letters from Iwo Jima". A bit interesting, simply because of the number of times I recognized something in common between both stories (which both took place during WWII).

    A great listen if you haven't already purchased it!

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (934)

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Josaphine says: "Yumm!"
    "Repetitive S&M and Soft-core God Porn"
    Overall

    I have lost a bit of my sanity in the last 8+ hours and don't think I can continue. I think it's the first time I've ever dropped a story. I cannot understand how an established author (what's her name) can possibly get by with writing essentially 20 pages of content, with another 400 pages of repetitive dribble-drabble, of which can be summarized in the following ways:

    1) Acheron was born - and is cursed, of which we're reminded constantly.

    2) Acheron is sexually abused, beaten, and humiliated, of which we're intimately privy to every 20 minutes.

    3) Acheron begins to trust sister, Risa. Sister is INCREDIBLY NAIVE AND STUPID (and I really cannot emphasize this enough), yet Acheron keeps falling for her good-intentioned help. And right after he does so, Acheron is beaten severely and pleas for death. Sister is of course indignant.

    4) Repeat #3 about 30 times to the utter delight of all listeners.

    5) Acheron begins trusting the Goddess Artemis. Artemis is incredibly childish and temperamental for a Goddess, and yet Acheron KEEPS trusting and falling in love with her. And of course, b/c of this, Acheron is beaten severely and pleas for death.

    6) Repeat #5 about 10 times.

    7) Acheron calls legitimate father "father", and legitimate brother "brother" and gets beaten severely for it roughly 40 times throughout the past 8 hours.

    8) Repeat all of these steps a few more times, intertwined with a good bit of heterosexual and homosexual scenes, and you've got a great 8+ hours ahead of you.

    The point I got during this time: Acheron suffered a great deal. But now, I've suffered even more.

    37 of 50 people found this review helpful

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